How to Keep Wasps Away From Your Pool (7 Helpful Measures)

Wasps are essential for a balance in nature, still flying insects have no business in swimming pools. But how can you keep the wasps away from the pool?

The best way to keep wasps out of the pool is to provide an alternative water source. A water atomizer can also keep flying insects away from the pool. In an emergency, a pest control company has to come and relocate the nearby wasp nest.

I will give you helpful tips on how to get rid of wasps near your pool. I also explain how to remove dead insects from the pool water quickly.

Keep wasps out of the pool

Wasps and bees are different insects and have different needs. However, one thing attracts both flying insects, and that is water.

The wasp needs the water to cool the colony’s nest on hot days.

But, wasps are inherently more aggressive than bees and a common problem for gardens with pools.

If the wasps feel threatened while drinking from your pool, then you will be stung.

The following tried and tested measures are suitable to keep wasps away from the pool to prevent this.

1. Use a wasp trap

Wasps are not that easy to keep away from the pool. However, you can set up wasp traps to minimize the number of wasps in your pool.

We are not talking about these electric wasp traps – setting up an electric wasp trap is in some countries prohibited as the wasps are under nature protection.

But there is a gentle method to catch a few wasps and release them further away from your swimming pool – all you need are these plastic containers that are hung in your garden.

A dollop of honey is used in the cup to lure the wasps away from the pool.

Depending on the product, one or the other wasp will climb out of the wasp trap, but this simple method usually works well to keep wasps away from your swimming pool.

Some pool owners fill the cups with sugar water to drown the wasps. Here I would like to point out again that wasps are beneficial insects and must not be killed!

This begs the question of whether you are even allowed to set up a wasp trap in your garden?

If you are allergic to wasp stings and set up the wasp traps for your own protection, it is allowed.

I am unaware of any case where a person has been fined for small wasp traps.

2. Mount the water atomizer over the pool

Wasps avoid flying when it rains. The drops would literally kill the insects.

That is why it can be useful to install a water atomizer (also known as a spray mist) over your pool.

Alternatively, you can try the lawn sprinkler system in your garden. But the spray mist is a much better method.

Tip: Make sure to measure the pH level in your pool when it rains artificially. If there is an excessive supply of freshwater, the pH level must be checked and, if necessary, corrected.

3. Hang up dryer sheets to keep the wasps away

Some pool owners report positive experiences with dryer sheets to keep the wasps out of the pool.

The smell is supposed to scare off the wasps and keep them from flying near the pool – but this has not been scientifically proven.

So I can’t say for sure whether this really works.

Fortunately, the dryer sheets cost a few bucks, and it is at least worth trying to keep wasps out of your pool.

The dryer sheets are placed around the pool in plants or on trees.

To do this, you can also stretch a rope over your pool – there is no specific procedure.

4. Hang up the dummy wasp’s nest

It is supposed that the wasp nest dummy keeps the wasps away from the garden.

I am a little unsure, but some garden owners report successes.

In theory, the wasps move away from the garden and into the better nest.

Will that really work? I don’t know.

Logically, the nests should be hung at least 0.5 miles from your pool – a quiet and dry place with a water source is best for this.

Tip: When setting up wasp nest dummies, I recommend hanging up more than just one dummy.

This increases the chance that the wasps will feel more comfortable in a designated place than in your garden.

5. Boost your garden maintenance against wasp nests

If there are wasps in the pool, the wasp nest is usually not far away.

Depending on the food source, wasps fly up to 1 mile from the nest. In some exceptions, the wasps fly up to 3 miles from the nest.

That means: It is likely that the wasp’s nest is somewhere near your swimming pool.

Wasps build their nests in well-protected and hidden holes. This can be a hole in the tree or in the earth.

Therefore, it is important to boost your garden maintenance and close such tree holes with a wound sealant before wasps nest near your pool.

Info: Wasp nests may not be destroyed, removed, or relocated by laypeople, as the wasps are protected. There is a risk of high fines for infringement.

6. House renovation against wasp nests

Wasps do not usually inhabit a nest a second time.

This means that when looking for a suitable nest, your house and garden are also be considered.

Therefore, you should repair and seal all possible holes and niches around your house in early April.

I have already seen for myself how wasps built a large wasp nest out of a small hole in the wall.

Stop putting off the remediation work on your house, and don’t give the wasps a chance to nestle.

7. Lure wasps away from the pool

If the wasp trap and the spray mist over the pool do not help, you can try to lure the wasps away from the pool.

You probably noticed that the wasps like to come over for a snack at the last barbecue. You can try hanging some raw meat further from your pool.

To be honest, the method seems questionable to me, and I wouldn’t handle it that way, but maybe you can keep the wasps out of your pool that way?

A better alternative is the water dispenser against wasps and all other insects.

Due to the construction of the water dispenser, no insects fall into the water. In addition, the drinking point rarely needs to be refilled due to the low water evaporation.

8. Hire a wasp expert to get rid of the wasps in the pool

Scattered wasps in the flowerbed or near the pool are not a major problem.

But if there is a wasp nest close to your house and garden, I recommend relocating the wasps.

But you should not do this on your own!

You have to hire a wasp expert who collects the wasps with a special vacuum cleaner and relocates them with the nest to a safe place.

Depending on the federal state, maybe you have to apply to relocate the wasps. This can be done at the nature conservation authority, the city administration, or the district office.

The application will be approved if one suffers from allergies or is significantly impaired in the daily use of the pool/garden.

The use of the Wasp Expert costs an average of 150 $ – depending on where you live and how difficult the job is.

In most cases, the wasps can be relocated, and the insects continue to live in nature undisturbed.

Tip: The local beekeeping association is always ready to help neighbors with wasps and bees near the pool.

How can you save wasps from drowning?

Most people are aware of the death of bees, but hardly anyone knows that wasps are also protected in some countries.

As a result, bee protection measures are advocated, while wasps are seen as annoying pests.

But both insects have their right to exist and are an essential part of the ecosystem.

Therefore, it is important to save wasps and bees from drowning in the pool.

When drinking from the pool, the insects fall into the water and cannot get out of their own strength.

Pool ladders and a floater are objects that the tiny flying insects can hold onto, but when the pump is running, they are sucked up by the skimmer and drown.

As a responsible pool owner and a friend of nature, I recommend that you install an easy way out in your pool.

With the exit for insects, not only the wasps manage to escape from the death trap. Even frogs in your pool and other animals can be saved from drowning with the help of a special exit.

Ideally, you should place at least two such exits in your pool.

Tip: You can also attach self-made exits. It is only important that the insect ladder isn’t slippery when it is wet.

How are dead wasps removed from the pool?

You cannot save every wasp from drowning in your swimming pool.

In this case, it is important to remove the insects from the pool water and avoid cloudiness.

Every organic substance – be it a wasp, a frog, or just mosquito larvae in the pool – disturbs the water balance and therefore has to get out of the water as quickly as possible.

The best way to do this is to use a pool net with a fine mesh.

If you can see that the bees or wasps are still alive, the net can save the tiny insects.

If this is not the case, I recommend running the pump in the pool.

The wasps floating on the water’s surface are then removed from your pool with the skimmer.

If the dead wasps are lying on the pool floor, they are best vacuumed with a pool vacuum – you can find out how a pool vacuum works in my blog.

Tip: If you want to remove other water beetles from your pool with a skimmer, then the skimmer should have a flap. Without a flap, the insects would swim out of the skimmer again.

Questions and answers about wasps in the pool

Below you will find other interesting questions and answers related to wasps in the pool readers sent to me.

If your question isn’t there, don’t hesitate to contact me on Twitter. I am happy to answer all relevant questions on the topic.

#1 Can you remove an uninhabited wasp nest?

Bees and wasps are in some country protected insects, and the removal and relocation of inhabited nests are prohibited.

However, the law does not apply to an empty beehive or wasp’s nest.

You can remove an empty wasp’s nest from your property without prior approval from the authorities. The prerequisite is that the nest is actually empty.

I recommend removing the nest in late autumn or before April. During this time, you can be relatively sure that the nests are not inhabited.

#2 Can you use a spray against wasps?

No one will punish you if you kill a wasp on your garden table.

Theoretically, you should use a spray against wasps to defend yourself as an allergy sufferer.

But watch out!

Wasps are very aggressive, and they will try to sting you if the spray doesn’t directly drive the wasps away.

#3 do certain plants help repel wasps?

Growing tomatoes and basil in the garden is said to help keep wasps away from the pool water.

The reason for this is the scents emanating from the plants – but this has not been scientifically confirmed.

#4 can you remove a wasp nest yourself with home remedies?

Private persons should not remove any wasp nests.

As recommended in advice columns, removing a wasp nest with home remedies is a bad idea.

Often vinegar or lighted coffee is recommended to keep away the wasps from your pool. With these measures, the wasps react aggressively, and the willingness to sting you increases.

The better method is to hire a wasp expert.

The specialist will carefully remove the wasps and the nest from your property and release the insects in a safe place.

Have you any questions on how to keep the wasps away from the pool?

Ask me on Twitter @contactswimfool and link to this post. I’m happy to help you.

Good luck with keeping the wasps away!

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Hi. I'm Max Berg. I've been in the pool industry since 2015 and have always felt drawn to water. I'm the author behind swimfool.com, where I share my years of experience in pool maintenance and give helpful tips on keeping a swimming pool or hot tub clean. My tips reduce the costs of water treatment and protect the environment.

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